Nichels/gold­smith Indy Road­ster

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Len Tu­mi­dal­sky

I re­ally en­joy Hot Rod Deluxe and look for­ward to read­ing ev­ery copy. I en­joyed the pic of the Nichels and Gold­smith car in your “Back­stage Past” story in the Jan. 2019 is­sue. You should do a story about them. They were pi­o­neers of Indy and NASCAR cars. I grew up in north­west­ern In­di­ana where their shop was lo­cated.

Ray Nichels built his first race car in the base­ment of his par­ent’s house, Base­ment Betty, which I think is now in the Indy Mu­seum.

Paul Gold­smith raced Pikes Peak and NASCAR. These guys were very in­no­va­tive with Pon­ti­acs and, later, Mopars. I saw the first Day­tona No. 71 at their shop. My friends and I thought it was the coolest car ever with that big wing on the back! I’m cu­ri­ous to know just how many race cars came out of their Grif­fith, In­di­ana, shop.

Here we’ve reprinted the photo he re­ferred to from the Jan­uary is­sue and also his art­work on the back of his en­ve­lope.

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